NH TO BECOME 20TH STATE AFFILIATED WITH SMART APPROACHES TO MARIJUANA (SAM)
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New Hampshire will become the 20th state affiliated with Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project SAM). This comes as an effort to ground the NH marijuana policy debate in science. A press conference for the affiliation will be held on January 30th at the Legislative Office Building in Concord from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM.
A middle ground in marijuana policy?
Founded by Patrick J. Kennedy and Dr. Kevin Sabet, SAM is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. SAM believes in an approach that neither legalizes nor demonizes marijuana. The organization rejects dichotomies—such as “incarceration versus legalization”—that offer only simplistic solutions to the highly complex problems stemming from marijuana use. SAM champions smart policies that decrease marijuana use and do not harm marijuana users and low-level dealers with arrest records that make it harder to break free from cycles of substance dependence. SAM’s “third-way” approach to marijuana policy is based on science and principles of public health and safety.